Hedging My Bets

On October 18, 2004, in Games, by peterb

My mom is convinced that John Kerry is going to win the election.

I think she couldn’t be more wrong. I’d like for John Kerry to win. I’d like for George Bush to lose. But I don’t see it happening. I do have to say that her logic is pretty compelling: she says that I’m a guaranteed jinx when it comes to politics, and since I’m so certain that Bush is going to win, he won’t.

She was pretty sure, though, so I got her to put her money where her mouth is, and we made a bet. If John Kerry wins, as she says he will, I have to buy her a couple of bottles of the Nippozano Reserva Chianti by Frescobaldi (plus maybe a few bottles of Two-Buck Chuck), totally about $50. If George Bush wins, as I bet he will, she has to buy me the videogame of my choice, up to a value of $50.

It turns out that Halo 2 will be out the week after the election. So if Kerry wins, I’ll be thrilled to send my mom the wine she wants. And if Bush wins, at least it will mean that I’m getting a free copy of Halo 2. Even if you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, I’m still going to try.

At 8 pm on Tuesday, November 2nd, as election returns roll in, I plan on not watching them, but will instead be online playing Counterstrike. Drop me a line if you’d like to join our little group of people shooting each other and shouting “LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU” at the electorate.


5 Responses to “Hedging My Bets”

  1. We don’t shoot *each other*. We shoot the evil terrorist bots. Especially that nasty evil head-shot specialist called Cory. We hates him.

  2. Scott Hettig says:

    Can you email me? I’ve got a brewing question.


  3. Alex Groce says:

    > Especially that nasty evil head-shot specialist
    > called Cory

    Hold on. Do you guys name these bots?

  4. peterb says:

    The game picks them semi-randomly, but seems to be psychic somehow.

  5. Eric Tilton says:

    Not to be a big BUZZ KILL, but Pennsylvania is a big ole’ swing state, and if you want something besides a free copy of Halo 2 to tide you through the next four years, volunteering for get out the vote efforts will make a big difference.

    (I spent Sunday volunteering for same in Texas where my odds of making an impact are pretty negligible, and since I don’t even like talking to people, I figure that earns me some grumpy points.)